About The Art Institute

Empowering Learners Through Quality Online Art and Art History Education

Our Story

The Art Institute was founded to provide high-quality education in art history and to help students gain a sound knowledge about western art, think critically and become art savvy. From the outset, our mission has been to educate, inspire, and empower students to enjoy art with confidence. Our course is designed to ensure that students not only learn the theoretical underpinnings of art history but also cultivate a deep appreciation of art in general, encouraging students to engage with and reflect critically. As a leader in online education, The Art Institute has consistently utilised innovation to adapt to the needs of a diverse, global student body.

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Our Mission and Values

At the core of The Art Institute's philosophy is a commitment to excellence, accessibility, and transformative education. We aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding necessary to appreciate art in a rich, informed way. Our core values include:

Excellence: We strive for the highest standards in teaching and learning outcomes, ensuring our students receive a fulfilling educational experience.

Accessibility: We ensure that anyone passionate about art can explore its depths, regardless of their location or background.

Innovation: Our approach continually evolves, incorporating new learning technologies and methodologies to enhance the educational experience.

Experience and Expertise

The Art Institute boasts a cadre of distinguished instructors and art experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our course. These professionals are not just educators but also experts in the arts, ensuring that the education provided is relevant and enriched with current insights.

Hilary Kay: Curator & Presenter

The Art Appreciation Course is presented and curated by art and antiques consultant Hilary Kay. Hilary has brought together 12 passionate art specialists to present you with a course designed to provide you with a broad understanding of western art, its history and the world that surrounds it. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the authors will ensure that you find the course both fulfilling and enjoyable.

Hilary Kay is an art and antiques consultant, broadcaster, international lecturer and writer.

She is one of the most familiar faces on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow having joined this successful and long running programme as an expert in 1979. Hilary has featured in countless other television and radio programmes and, in 2010, she won BBC TV's Celebrity Mastermind.

Her career in art and antiques began in 1977 when she joined Sotheby's, rising rapidly to head of department; the following year she became Sotheby's youngest ever auctioneer when she took her first sale at the age of 21.

During her career at Sotheby's Hilary developed auctions in innovative areas of collecting including the world's first auction of rock memorabilia in 1981. She created and established the first expert training programmes within the company and worked extensively with Sotheby's education division, now Sotheby's Institute. She travelled regularly to Europe, North America and Australia visiting and advising both collectors and institutions. When she left Sotheby's in 2000 she held the position of Senior Director leading a group of departments including motorcars, horology, wine, arms and armour, coins, musical instruments and philately.

With an insight into the aspirations and requirements of corporations, institutions and individuals in the sector she left Sotheby's and established Art and Antiques Events, a company, which today provides art and antiques-centred pursuits to the corporate market and to private clients (hilarykay.com).

To further popularise the world of art and antiques she devised and produced a theatre show, which toured the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Hilary Kay: Curator & Presenter

Our Team

Our dynamic team of industry leaders is committed to enhancing your experience in art appreciation and history. Carefully selected for their achievements and expertise, our contributors and tutors are more than just educators—they're esteemed professionals in their respective fields. Your personal tutor will serve as your dedicated mentor, providing customised feedback and assistance every step of the way. With quick responses and personalised guidance, you'll sense their support even from afar, all from the convenience of your home. Benefit from the unique opportunity of one-on-one interaction, acquiring insider insights to elevate your career or hobby. Discover more about our tutors and their impressive backgrounds on our tutor page.

Libby Anson
Stephen Farthing
Francesca Ramsay

Why Choose The Art Institute?

Choosing The Art Institute for your art history education comes with numerous advantages:

  • checkedFlexibility: Our course is self-paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience, ideal for balancing personal and professional commitments.
  • checkedEngaging Content: We use a variety of teaching methods, from online lectures to interactive discussions, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.
  • checkedInteractive Community: Our course fosters an engaging and collaborative environment, using virtual workshops and forums to enhance interaction with peers and tutors.
  • checkedPersonalised Service: Each student benefits from personalised services tailored to meet their unique learning needs, creating an unparalleled online learning experience.
  • checkedPayment Options: Embrace affordability and flexibility with our payment plans, backed by a risk-free 7-day money-back guarantee.

Our graduates have successfully transitioned to roles within the arts sector, started new careers as art critics, or developed as hobbyists with a profound appreciation for art. We take pride in the accomplishments of our alumni, whose experiences testify to the transformative power of our course.

Start Working Toward Your Diploma of Art Appreciation Today!

Embark on your journey to cultivate an appreciation of the arts and become art savvy with The Art Institute! Our course is structured to fit into your lifestyle seamlessly, allowing you to grow at your own pace. Enrol today and transform your passion for art into profound knowledge and appreciation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Art Institute accredited?

Yes, The Art Institute is accredited by respected bodies in the education sector, ensuring that our course meets rigorous academic standards and are recognised globally.

Is The Art Institute a reputable institution?

Absolutely, The Art Institute is renowned for its specialised online education in art history, known for flexible and innovative teaching methods.

Is The Art Institute diploma recognised?

Yes, the Diploma in Art Appreciation from The Art Institute is widely recognised. While it equips the student with extensive art knowledge, it also enhances your analytical and critical thinking skills, valued in various professional settings.

How do I apply to The Art Institute?

Applying is simple—click here, choose the Art Appreciation course, and complete the online application form. You can start the process at any time, with our admissions team ready to assist you every step of the way.

What are the tuition fees for The Art Institute?

Our tuition fees are designed to be accessible, reflecting our commitment to educational equity. Payment plans and various payment options are available. We also have a 7-day money-back guarantee in place, so you can join risk-free!

What is the format of the online Art Institute course?

Our Art Appreciation course is delivered online, featuring multimedia lectures, interactive assignments, and real-time feedback. Each module supports a step-by-step learning process, allowing you to engage thoroughly with each topic.

How long does it take to complete The Art Institute course?

The course typically takes 24 weeks to complete but is flexible enough to extend up to 12 months, accommodating different learning paces and schedules.

How will The Art Institute help me prepare for a career in art?

While our course does not directly prepare you for a specific career, it provides a solid foundation in art appreciation, enhancing your ability to analyse and appreciate art, which can be beneficial in various roles within the arts and cultural sectors. Additionally, the skills learned can enhance personal development and broaden career opportunities in fields that value cultural literacy and critical analysis.
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Start Working Toward Your Qualification in Art Appreciation and History Today!

Embark on your art appreciation and history journey with us! Our course is self-paced, allowing you to start anytime and grow at your own pace. The Art Institute is more than just an educational institution; it's a gateway to your future in the art industry. Enrol today, and transform your passion for fashion into a vibrant career.

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Each module is extremely well written, and the tutors are excellent to deal with in not only guiding but provisioning good feedback on assignment work.

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